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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

I have a passion for all things Cumin.  This Mediterranean sweat heart is the second most popular spice in the world after black pepper.  I find Cumin adds an earthiness to my soups and chili's. It's essential oil content lends a warm aroma to cooking, so I especially like to use it in the cold winter months.  Wonderful for digestive disorders, relieves symptoms of the common cold, treats asthma, arthritis and boosts the immune system! Hurray for Cumin!  

Speaking of ... I like it in my SP Corn Chowder too!  This soup packs a powerful punch to the senses, as well as to your nutritional content for the day. With a hunk of corn bread in one hand and a soup spoon in the other, you really won't want to be disturbed.   Dab some behind your ear though, and I'll follow you around all day.  :)


6 oz kielbasa, cut lengthwise then slice
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Lg onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp Cumin
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp Arrowroot, or corn starch
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
16 oz pkg frozen corn kernels
8 cups chicken broth
2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 inch.
1 cup whipping cream
16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 3/4 inch pieces, cooked.


  1. In large dutch oven, brown sausage for 5 minutes.  Add onion and garlic.  Cook 5 more minutes.  
  2. Stir in Cumin, Chili Powder, and Cajun seasoning.  Cook 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken broth, bring to boil.
  4. Add corn, sweet potatoes, cooked chicken pieces.  Return to boiling, reduce heat.
  5. Simmer covered 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.  Stir in whipping cream and pepper.
  6. Heat to hot, but not boiling.  Stir in cornstarch mixed with a small amount of water - stir for a few minutes until thickened.

                                                    induction of spices
                                                                     melding the flavors
                                                            all is right in my world  :)

Side kicks:

Corn bread
Garden salad


Pinot Gris
Gruner Vetliner - Full-bodied, dry wine, able to pair with difficult foods.
Riesling - a very dry variety.

As always ... enjoy